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Skaggs: Beware of bees looking for wood

The carpenter bee, Xylocopa virginica, normally attracts quite a bit of attention in Georgia in the spring of the year.

April 29, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


England: Dainty English flower thrives in mediocre soil

Question: Do English bluebells require any special growing conditions?

April 29, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Spring means a new crop of fresh asparagus

I have many reasons to love spring, but there are certain foods that always come to mind this time of year: eggs, corned beef and cabbage and, of course, asparagus.

April 27, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: A proper send-off includes wailing

It is not certain how we got on the subject but somehow a friend mentioned that when he dies, he wants "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong to be played at his funeral.

April 26, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Myers: A new perspective is sometimes all we need

I spent part of my day today under the dining room table. Why? Because apparently I've got that kind of time on my hands.

April 24, 2008 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Thompson: Web site keeps track of sex offenders

If you want to know if there are any sex offenders living near you, go to the Family Watchdog Web site. You simply type in your address and it shows you on a map where the nearest offenders are located. The Web site also gives you a picture and information on the offenders. You can also set it up so that you'll be notified if an offender moves within five miles of your address. The Web site is free.

April 24, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Get your grass off to a healthy start

Warm-season turfgrasses such as Bermuda, centipede and zoysia often suffer some common problems with springtime green-up. Here are a few of the more common management issues.

April 22, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lunch guys: Prime rib shouldn’t have to compete

Quiznos goes high-end yet again with the launch of yet another spin on its premium beef lineup. This time, it's the Prime Rib Ranchero, promising to merge "steakhouse taste" with the "flavors of the Southwest."

April 20, 2008 | By Tom James and Chris Tauber | Columnists


Wilburn: Handle cantaloupe carefully to avoid salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an alert regarding cantaloupe from Agropecuaria Montelibano, a Honduran grower and packer, because fruit from this company appears to be associated with a salmonella litchfield outbreak in the United States and Canada.

April 20, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Rich: Feeling a heartache is better than nothing

Once when I was young and love had broken my heart for the first time, I thought I would never recover from the agony resulting when the bliss had been sucker punched and sent packing.

April 19, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Free time during spring break may lead to risky behavior

Thoughts of spring are on everyone's mind. However, this time of year brings with it opportunities for teens to make choices that are potentially dangerous. Spring break parties, trips and proms all pose situations where teens need to make choices.

April 17, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Blackwood: One big confession or little white lies?

The new governor of New York, David Paterson, decided after taking office that he would go ahead and confess all of his sins. It was a pretty good list. Before it was over he had 'fessed up to everything except burying Jimmy Hoffa and kidnapping the Lindbergh baby.

April 17, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Columnists


England: Trilliums, while hard to find, can grow easily in woodland gardens

Question: I want to plant some native trilliums in a small woodland garden. What is the easiest kind to grow?

April 14, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


White wines range from soft and fruity to very crisp

In last month's column I described some of the most popular red wine grapes and the wines they produce. This month we're taking on white wine grapes. So, pour yourself a glass of chardonnay and read on.

April 12, 2008 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: In the battle of love, ladies wear five stars

It would behoove all you men to thoroughly understand one thing: We women normally conduct our romances by committee.

April 11, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Vintage Videos: Classic musical filled with laughs and love triangle

I'm a sucker for a good musical. I'll take any excuse to sing along loudly and off-key during a movie, honestly.

April 17, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Around the Home: Free program offers summer snack inspiration

Summer will be here before you know it.

April 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Easter lilies poisonous to pets

Theoretically, warm weather is coming. I used to feel better about this theory, but I'm still willing to give it a chance.

April 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: God can carry all our burdens

A couple of months ago, I went to a local home improvement store and bought a big bag of topsoil.

April 13, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: This is the best time to plan a European vacation

Late spring and early summer are some of the best times to visit Europe, especially the Upper Rhine Valley.

April 12, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


For fertilizer application, quantity and timing are important

When it comes to common questions asked at the office, the one I have most often is about lawns and when to fertilize them.

April 11, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Blessed during Easter

For me, Easter is a time of reflection.

April 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Alienation isn’t the way to stop habit of smoking

Last week marked four months since I quit smoking.

April 06, 2014 | Andrew Akers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Emergency visits rise in states with legalized pot

Marijuana has been legalized in several states.

April 06, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


For your health: Enjoy the taste of eating healthy

"Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right" is the theme for National Nutrition Month, which is a campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices while developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This year's message is combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals following dietary guidelines.

April 06, 2014 | | Columnists


Earth Sense: Earthquakes, mudslides can happen anywhere so prepare

The magnitude 5.1 earthquake that occurred around midnight on March 29 east of Los Angeles was a reminder of the unstable geologic conditions in Western states. Its epicenter was in a densely populated residential area of La Habra, Calif., just a quarter-mile from Sonora High School.

April 06, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Create a colorful container garden on a patio or deck

Container gardening, hanging baskets and window boxes can be a fun and rewarding to those who only have a patio, deck or balcony.

April 04, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: Transforming from city girl to wine grower’s wife

Martha Ezzard wears many hats. She's been a lawyer, journalist, state legislator and most likely a few other things.

April 02, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


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